The Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab has been at the heart of our business since our inception in 1982. Our reputation for processing consistent and quality products with the Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab is still present today.

We value how far we have come over the years as we remain one of the very few crab processing facilities open in Virginia. As the blue crab industry has changed so has our ability to adapt to market request, industry standards and governmental regulations to secure a sustainable resource with the Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab.


preparing blue crabs

At J&W Seafood we are buyers and processors of whole live crabs. The process we use for cooking crabs is steam under pressure. Listed are our Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab product lines:


Whole Crab Options

  • Live Male (Various Grades)
  • Live Female 
  • Steamed Male (Various Grades)
  • Steamed Female 
  • IQF (Individual Quick Frozen) Crabs – Domestic & Import

 Chesapeake Bay Blue Crabs

 Fresh Crab Meat Production

We process Chesapeake Bay Blue Crabs at our HACCP & VDSS certified crab processing facility. The process / picking process is monitored under stringent facility management that ensures a quality product. Our quality handpicked crabmeat is monitored very closely to minimize shell content. In additional to the quality handpicking all of our crabmeat goes under a black light process to help enhance the quality of the product. Our crabmeat product is selected into the following grades:  


  • Jumbo Lump
  • Backfin Lump
  • Special
  • Claw

We have various packaging options that include: 8 & 16 oz cups (fresh only), 1lb bag frozen , 5lb bag frozen.


 Pasteurization of Blue Crab Meat

Our state of the art pasteurization facility allows us to be in complete control of the pasteurization process. 


Pasteurized crabmeat is an excellent alternative to fresh crabmeat. Depending on a customer’s particular needs, pasteurized crabmeat can be used in most applications that require fresh crabmeat. 

  • Jumbo Lump
  • Backfin Lump
  • Special
  • Claw

Packaging Options available: 8oz. & 16oz.